Crafts, My life

When you don’t do a sample square…

Right, so, I was going to write about something completely different, but when I was looking for the photos I’d taken for that other post I stumbled upon the glorious progress pictures of a throw I made two years ago for my husband as a Yule/Birthday present and I felt the urge to share it with you.

A bit of background information – I loooooooove crocheting. Absolutely love it. But I really can’t be bothered with making the initial sample squares to check I’ve got the correct gauge/tension – basically to make sure that what I’m making is the same size as what the pattern suggests.

Usually I’m not really bothered by the outcome either way, but this time it was a bit of a shocker and too comical not to let you know what can happen if you cut corners.

The pattern I used was Alpaca (or Llama!) Corner-to-Corner Crochet Blanket by the wonderful Make & Do Crew. As you can see, it’s made using a corner-to-corner technique which I hadn’t tried before, but really ended up enjoying.

It started off well enough, I got the hang of it pretty quickly and it was growing fast.

I mean, it was growing REALLY fast. I still wasn’t too worried about its size and it was going pretty quick so I kept going. Oh, as a side note, I always sit in pretty weird positions so that is my foot on the desk in front of me.

It was getting too big to work on at my desk without getting it all tangled up, so I moved my crochet party to the floor where our cat Mischief offered me a helping paw.

He was a bit confused about why I was laughing my head off at this when I was putting the finishing touches to the throw in our bedroom before the big reveal.

I feel like this picture doesn’t really do this justice, but it’s laid out on our king size bed with quite a bit of it hanging off the edges. Sooooo I’d estimate it’s about 2m x 2m, probably a bit bigger. I’ll quote the pattern here ‘This C2C blanket pattern is a pretty perfect size for a snuggly lap afghan for an adult or a generously sized baby blanket.’ And this is why it’s so important to follow the guidelines on wool/hook size and do a darn swatch piece before you start your project.

To this day I’ve yet to take my own advice and keep producing epic sized items but hey, maybe one day I’ll learn.


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